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Report: Facebook under investigation for ‘systemic’ racial discrimination practices

The United States government is reportedly investigating Facebook for racially discriminatory hiring and promotion practices.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the government agency tasked with protecting the civil rights of employees, is leading the investigation, Reuters reported.

What are the details?

Lawyers representing Facebook operations manager Oscar Veneszee and three others who were denied jobs at the social media giant revealed the existence of the investigation.

The allegations are that Facebook discriminates against black employees and job candidates “by relying on subjective evaluations and promoting problematic racial stereotypes,” Reuters reported.

One such example of discrimination is that Facebook awards employees a $5,000 bonus if they refer a job candidate who is eventually hired. But the allegations claim that “referred candidates tend to reflect the makeup of existing employees,” which allegedly disadvantage black employees.

In fact, the EEOC is investigating whether the alleged racial bias is “systemic,” which means, according to Reuters, the government “suspects company policies may be contributing to widespread discrimination.”

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The EEOC typically resolves disputes through mediation or allowing complainants to sue employers. But agency officials designate a few cases “systemic,” enabling investigators to rope in specialists to analyze company data and potentially bring a broader lawsuit representing entire classes of workers.

The EEOC brought in systemic investigators by last August and received detailed briefing papers from both sides over the last four months, said Peter Romer-Friedman, an attorney at Gupta Wessler representing Veneszee and the job candidates.

Veneszee, a 23-year Navy veteran, filed a complaint with the EEOC last July.

“We have a black people problem,” Veneszee told NPR at the time. “We’ve set goals to increase diversity at the company, but we’ve failed to create a culture at the company that finds, grows and keeps black people at the company.”

What did Facebook say?

Facebook has not specifically responded to the allegations, but said “it is essential to provide all employees with a respectful and safe working environment.”
“We take any allegations of discrimination seriously and investigate every case,” Facebook spokesman Andy Stone told Reuters.

Anything else?

Technology giants like Facebook and Google are no stranger to allegations of discrimination.

Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google, agreed last month to pay nearly $4 million to settle allegations that it discriminated against women and Asian employees.

Meanwhile, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Facebook in December over allegations the company had discriminated against American workers.

“The Department of Justice’s lawsuit alleges that Facebook engaged in intentional and widespread violations of the law, by setting aside positions for temporary visa holders instead of considering interested and qualified U.S. workers,” then-Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband said.

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Female Japanese-American teacher suffers broken teeth, fractured face during vicious street attack

A male suspect reportedly struck a Japanese-American woman in the face last week, rendering her unconscious and ultimately leaving her with broken teeth and fractures to her face. The victim said she believed that the suspect hit her with a sock stuffed with a rock or another hard object.

At the time of this reporting, the woman — a longtime Japanese teacher at a Seattle-area high school — has trouble speaking as a result of the attack.

What are the details?

According to reports, surveillance footage captured the moment when Noriko Nasu and her boyfriend, Michael Poffenbarger, were walking in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District.

Poffenbarger, according to
KOMO-TV, was also struck in the head, and required eight stitches at a nearby hospital.

He said that the attacker was “very deliberate” and “very focused” on attacking Nasu, and is convinced the suspect targeted her for her race.

“I truly believe he was trying to kill us,” he told the station. “He definitely targeted her (and) hit her first. She got the most injury out of it. It was a pointed attack on her.

“She has three fractures in her nose right here. Her cheek and her mouth are super bruised. She’s got two black eyes and several teeth in the bottom are broken,” he added.

Poffenbarger, a registered nurse, said that the suspect only stopped attacking them when he began screaming for help, alerting nearby good Samaritans.

“If those people didn’t come out of the restaurant, if he didn’t feel the pressure of me calling for help, I don’t think he would have given up until we were dead,” he admitted.

Northshore School District Superintendent Michelle Reid told
KIRO-TV that colleagues believe she was targeted for being Asian.

“In this case, it’s gotten very close to home,” Reid said. “It’s one of our staff.”

What else?

Seattle police announced Thursday that 41-year-old Sean Jeremy Holdip was arrested in connection with the assault.

Authorities have not released any further details on the attack nor did they announce what charges they planned to file in the attack. The suspect was being held Thursday at the King County Jail.

The station reported that the police are continuing to investigate the incident.

“While police have not yet found evidence indicating the February attack was racially motivated, the Seattle Police Department Bias Crimes Unit is investigating the incident,” the department said in a statement.

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Simpsons recasts black character Dr. Hibbert because his voice actor was white

The wokening of “The Simpsons” continues, as another white voice actor will step down from his role voicing a minority character.

Harry Shearer, who has voiced the character of Dr. Hibbert since the long-running cartoon’s second season in 1990, will step away from his role and be replaced by a black voice actor, the Wrap reported Monday.

“Last night’s episode ‘DiaryQueen’ featured Harry Shearer as the voice of Dr. Hibbert for the last time,” 20th Television, the studio that produces “The Simpsons,” said in a statement. “Next Sunday’s episode ‘Wad Goals’ will have Kevin Michael Richardson voicing Dr. Hibbert — and from there on out he will voice the character.”

The recasting decision follows an announcement from “The Simpsons” last June that the show would no longer have white actors voice its characters with different skin colors. The decision was made after Black Lives Matter protests and Antifa riots erupted in the wake of George Floyd’s death. At the time, “Family Guy” voice actor Mike Henry announced he would no longer voice the black character Cleveland Brown on the show.

Shearer will continue to voice other roles on the show, such as Ned Flanders and Principal Skinner, but Richardson will take over as Hibbert.

Shearer did not provide a comment to the Wrap but previously he has criticized the show for indulging the idea that a white voice actor cannot portray a character with a different skin color.

“I have a very simple belief about acting,” he told Times Radio last August. “The job of the actor is to play someone who they are not.”

Dr. Hibbert is not the first minority Simpsons character to be recast because of racial issues.

Last January, actor Hank Azaria stepped away from his longtime role as convenience store owner Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, a character that appears to be of Indian descent. The character was eventually written off the show entirely because of a documentary by comedian Hari Kondabolu, which depicted Apu as a problematic stereotype that has had a detrimental impact on how Indian and Southeast Asian actors are treated in Hollywood.

“My eyes have been opened,” Azaria said of the documentary and the criticism surrounding it. “I think the most important thing is we have to listen to South Asian people, Indian people in this country when they talk about what they feel, how they think about this character, and what their American experience of it [is].”

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Cherokee Nation chief tells Jeep it’s high time to stop using its name: Model ‘does not honor us’

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. says that Jeep needs to stop using the Cherokee name for some of the automaker’s most popular models.

The remarks come as Jeep prepares to launch its next iteration of best-selling Grand Cherokee models.

What are the details?

Hoskin Jr. told Car and Driver magazine that he wants Jeep to stop using the tribe’s name because it “does not honor” the tribe.

“I think we’re in a day and age in this country where it’s time for both corporations and team sports to retire the use of Native American Names, images, and mascots from their products, team jerseys, and sports in general,” Hoskin Jr. said. “I’m sure this comes from a place that is well-intended, but it does not honor us by having our name plastered on the side of a car.”

Hoskin, instead, recommended that the best way to “honor” the tribe is to “learn about our sovereign government, our role in this country, our history, culture, and language, and “have a meaningful dialogue with federally recognized tribes on cultural appropriateness.”

Car and Driver points out that the company has been “building cars that wear the Cherokee Nation’s name for more than 45 years.”

“In that time, the company has gone on the record several times defending its decision to use the name of a Native American nation on its cars,” the outlet added. “Over the past eight years, since the reintroduction of the Cherokee nameplate to the U.S. market in 2013, the Cherokee Nation has gone on the record, too, but it had never explicitly said that Jeep should change the cars’ names.”

What has Jeep said in response to this?

In response to Hoskin’s remarks, Jeep said that its model names have been carefully chosen in order to “honor and celebrate Native American people for their nobility, prowess, and pride.”

“We are, more than ever, committed to a respectful and open dialogue with Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr.,” the statement added.

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‘Can you imagine if Donald Trump had said that?’ – Steven Crowder on Biden’s latest word whisker

You may have heard President Joe Biden’s virtual Munich Security Conference speech on Friday . But you probably didn’t hear the mainstream media report on Biden’s N-word gaffe. Don’t worry, Steven Crowder has you covered.

In this clip, Crowder pointed out Biden’s latest word whisker in a light-hearted way. However, Crowder took issue with the media for not covering the gaffe. Crowder’s question of the day: “Can you imagine if Donald Trump had said that?”

According to Crowder, “Biden is not racist. He is an idiot.”

Though Biden got tripped up saying the word “eager,” Crowder expressed his belief that the media would have been all over Trump if he had made the same error.

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Cartoon Network PSA tells children to ‘see color’ to become ‘anti-racist,’ preaches ‘colorblindness’ is bad

The Cartoon Network released a new public service announcement for its young audience last week that preaches against “colorblindness,” and encourages children to “see color” to become “anti-racist.”

What does the ad say?

The ad begins with three characters — one white girl, one black girl, and a purple alien named Amethyst — singing in support of “colorblindness.”

“Colorblindness is our game because everyone’s the same. Everybody join our circle, doesn’t matter if you’re white or black or purple,” the characters say.

That’s when Amethyst stops the song and dance.

“Hold up a minute here— who wrote this?” the purple alien says. “I think it kind of does matter that I’m purple. I mean, I’m purple because I’m literally an alien.”

The black character then adds, “Well, I’m not an alien, but it definitely matters to me that I’m black.”

“It makes a difference that I’m white,” the white character responds to the black character. “I know the two of us get treated very differently.”

The white character goes on to claim that people add a “fantasy” color in discussions of race to ignore actual problems associated with racism.

“I think people like the black, white, or purple thing, because adding a fantasy race in there helps distract from the actual racism black people have to deal with,” the character says.

The black character responds, “My experience with anti-black racism is really specific. Other people of color experience other forms of racism, too. But you won’t see any of that if you ‘don’t see color.'”

The alien says at the end, “So this entire public service announcement could be a ploy to avoid talking about racism altogether. Hey, could we get a rewrite where we appreciate each other without erasing what makes each of us different?”


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The description of the PSA reads, “It’s important to SEE people in all their beautiful COLORS. When you see color and the unique experiences that come from it, you can recognize the role racism plays in our culture AND appreciate everyone and their diversity.”

Anything else?

According to Variety, the PSA is the third installment in a four-part series meant to teach “ways to disrupt common narratives about racism.”

From Variety:

It is part of a four-part series developed by “Steven Universe” creator Rebecca Sugar and “OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes” creator Ian Jones-Quartey to provide kids and families with productive ways to disrupt common narratives about racism. “See Color” was developed with psychologist Dr. Deborah J. Johnson, who specializes in racial and cultural development.

Cartoon Network has prioritized advancing the progressive social agenda in recent months.

As TheBlaze reported, the network faced backlash last December after posting a tweet focusing on “normalizing gender pronouns” and “respecting them.”

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‘Try to be less white’: Coca-Cola hit with backlash over ‘confronting racism’ training course

Coca-Cola found itself at the center of controversy on Friday after a viral social media post revealed that some Coca-Cola employees completed a racial sensitivity training course that teaches participants how to “be less white.”

What are the details?

Images of the course were shared by psychologist Karlyn Borysenko, an activist who is fighting against critical race theory, who obtained the images from an “internal whistleblower” at Coca-Cola.

One of the slides in the course titled, “Confronting Racism,” states, “Understanding What it Means to Be White, Challenging What it Means to Be Racist.”

Another slide states, “To be less white is to:” “be less oppressive,” “be less arrogant,” “be less certain,” “be less defensive,” “be less ignorant,” “be more humble,” “listen,” “believe,” “break with apathy,” and to “break with white solidarity.”

“In the US and other Western nations, white people are socialized to feel that they are inherently superior because they are white. Research shows that by age 3 to 4, children understand that it is better to be white,” another slide claims.

One of the other slides just says, “Try to be less white.”

The online training is a webinar created by Robin DiAngelo, author of “White Fragility,” and
is hosted on LinkedIn.

The description of the course says the training “gives you the vocabulary and practices you need to start confronting racism and unconscious bias at the individual level and throughout your organization. There’s no magic recipe for building an inclusive workplace. It’s a process that needs to involve people of color, and that needs to go on for as long as your company’s in business. But with these tools at your disposal, you’ll be well on your way.”

What was the response?

Coca-Cola was met with backlash online.

  • “Wut…. this seems like blatant racial discrimination to this employment lawyer,” attorney Harmeet K. Dhillon said.
  • “If a corporate company sent around a training kit instructing black people how to ‘be less black’, the world would implode and lawsuits would follow.
    I genuinely hope these employees sue
    @CocaCola for blatant racism and discrimination,” Candace Owens responded.
  • “This is outright racism under the guise of education. Substitute any other race for white and watch the reaction. You can’t reach equality by denigrating another group,” one person said.
  • “That whistleblower needs to file a civil rights violation complaint for race based discrimination. This won’t go away until this is viewed as a legal issue, which it is,” another person said.
  • “How is any of this legal? If we replaced white with any other race there would literally be hell to pay. This is the most @$ backwards Jim Crow thinking on steroids that I’ve ever seen,” another person said.

What did Coca-Cola say?

In a carefully crafted statement, Cola-Cola neither confirmed nor denied that employees were required to take the training.

The video circulating on social media is from a publicly available LinkedIn Learning series and is not a focus of our company’s curriculum. Our Better Together global learning curriculum is part of a learning plan to help build an inclusive workplace. It is comprised of a number of short vignettes, each a few minutes long. The training includes access to LinkedIn Learning on a variety of topics, including on diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will continue to refine this curriculum.

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Jemele Hill says ‘patriotic symbols have been weaponized’ to ‘undermine and diminish the humanity of black and brown Americans’

Sports journalist and writer Jemele Hill declared recently that sports should absolutely nix the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” ahead of games because the practice has merely become an “empty gesture of patriotism.”

Hill also insisted that the national anthem and the American flag have both been “weaponized” against U.S. citizens in order to “undermine and diminish the humanity of black and brown Americans.”

What are the details?

In an article for the Atlantic titled “The Problem with Mandatory Patriotism in Sports,” Hill wrote, “Playing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ at sporting events has become an empty gesture of patriotism — so empty that, when the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks quietly began skipping the ritual, 13 preseason and regular-season games passed before anyone noticed.”

Hill was referring to last week’s news that the Dallas Mavericks stopped playing the national anthem before games.

Following the news, the NBA almost immediately responded and said that the national anthem must be played before all games in accordance with league rules. Its response was reportedly a direct rebuff of the Mavericks’ decision.

“The Mavericks should have held their ground,” Hill reasoned, “because playing the national anthem shouldn’t be a pregame ritual in American sports. No during a time when many people — including many athletes of color — are deeply uncomfortable with how patriotic symbols have been weaponized to undermine and diminish the humanity of black and brown Americans.”

National anthem has been interpreted as ‘mocking or threatening’ black people

Insisting that the NBA should altogether revisit its national anthem rule, Hill added, “The ritual enforces a rote, narrow idea of patriotism — one that pro sports should be working to change, not uphold.”

“The anthem has always represented the nation’s hypocrisy more so than its promises,” she insisted. “The lyricist was Francis Scott Key, a Maryland slave owner who once said that Africans in America were a ‘distinct and inferior race of people, which all experience proves to be the greatest evil that afflicts a community.’ Key wrote the song during the War of 1812. The second half of its third verse — which includes the lyric ‘No refuge could save the hireling and slave, from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave’ — has been interpreted as mocking or threatening the black people who escaped their enslavers and fought for the British.”

Hill continued, pointing out that the national anthem, “was meant to rally spectators around American democracy” during sporting events that dated back to the Civil War.

“The song that eventually became the national anthem was meant to rally spectators around American democracy — even if conditions in the United States were deeply unequal,” she added.

Trump and conservatives were able to ‘hijack the conversation’

In contemporary society, Hill noted, “Commentators who did not object when the anthem was used for conservative causes became indignant when Colin Kaepernick used it in 2016 to draw attention to police violence against black people.”

“In taking a knee during ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ the former NFL quarterback unwittingly created an opportunity for former President Donald Trump and other conservatives to hijack the conversation,” Hill insisted. “As a candidate and as president, Trump criticized Kaepernick’s protest to score political points. Real patriots stood for the anthem, Trump and his supporters insisted. And in their view, those who stood – or peacefully kneeled — against injustice were traitors.”

During Trump’s presidency, Hill pointed out, Americans were subjected to “far too many images of white supremacists waving the national flag” while “shouting patriotic slogans.”

“The insurrectionists at the U.S. Capitol did just that, even as they tried to overturn a free election,” Hill wrote. “Trump any many other Republicans who impugned Kaepernick’s patriotism now want the rest of the country to ignore the Capitol riot and move on. If it wasn’t clear before why people of color feel uncomfortable with the conservative definition of patriotism, it should be now.”

Hill concluded, “Mandatory patriotism doesn’t give Americans reason for pride; it only highlights the country’s failures.”

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Nick Cannon gets job back at ViacomCBS after network fired him over anti-Semitic remarks

ViacomCBS has restored its working relationship with Nick Cannon less than one year after the media conglomerate terminated Cannon following a controversy over anti-Semitic remarks that Cannon made on his podcast.

What is the background?

As TheBlaze reported, Cannon was fired from ViacomCBS last July after remarks he made in 2019 resurfaced in which Cannon ranted about anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, and even defended Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

“ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism,” ViacomCBS said in a statement last summer.

“We have spoken with Nick Cannon about an episode of his podcast ‘Cannon’s Class’ on YouTube, which promoted hate speech and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories,” the company added. “While we support ongoing education and dialogue in the fight against bigotry, we are deeply troubled that Nick has failed to acknowledge or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism, and we are terminating our relationship with him.”

In response, Cannon bashed Viacom and blamed “systemic racism” for his ouster.

“[ViacomCBS] wanted to put the young Negro in his place. They wanted to show me who is boss, hang me out to dry and make an example of anyone who says something they don’t agree with,” Cannon said.

Cannon did, however, extend his “deepest and most sincere apologies to my Jewish sisters and brothers” for his “hurtful and divisive words.”

What is happening now?

According to the Hollywood Reporter, ViacomCBS and Cannon are working together again, and production of Cannon’s popular show “Wild ‘N Out” will resume production. The show airs on ViacomCBS-owned VH1.

In a statement, ViacomCBS said they wanted to work with Cannon again because he made efforts to educate himself following the anti-Semitic controversy.

A spokesperson for ViacomCBS’ MTV Entertainment Group said:

Nick has not only apologized and taken responsibility for his comments, but he has also worked to educate himself and others through engagement with Jewish leaders and on his platforms.

Those efforts are of the utmost importance and that’s why we have invited him to rejoin our team. On a separate note, we just learned that he tested positive for COVID and have reached out to wish him a speedy recovery.

As USA Today reported, “Cannon met with Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s associate dean, and Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, among others, to understand the hurt he caused by making anti-Semitic remarks.”

Cannon has worked with ViacomCBS and its subsidiary networks in some fashion since 1998, USA Today noted.

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Massachusetts cops and students came together years ago to paint a Thin Blue Line mural at their high school. Now activists claim it has racist connotations and want it gone.

A Massachusetts high school is suddenly finding itself in the middle of a controversy over a Thin Blue Line flag mural that has been in the school for a couple years that some community members now consider offensive.

What’s that now?

Back in the 2018-2019 school year, Taunton High School students and members of the Taunton Police Department came together to paint a Thin Blue Line flag mural at the school, the Taunton Daily Gazette
reported. The artwork was designed to show support for local police and is part of the “Cops Corner” at the school resource officers’ “study buddy” area outside the SROs’ office. The area is designed to be a safe place for students to get together, relax, or do schoolwork.

Now, though, the mural is apparently a problem — and a petition was launched to get the mural removed.

Opponents of the mural claim that their problem with the Thin Blue Line flag imagery is not connected to dislike or distrust of police but because they feel that the symbol has been co-opted by white supremacists.

The Taunton Diversity Network has come out in full support of the petition; however, the organization does not know who started it. In fact, no one seems to know who launched it.

The network’s chief, April Cabrera Funches,
told WJAR-TV, “What we’ve heard from the students, either present students and even former students, is that they don’t want the flag to be there, that it has a negative vibe and they think it should be removed.”

What is that “negative vibe”?

Funches said that it’s not about the cops — it’s about racism, WBZ-TV
reported.

“The negative vibe is not the support of the police,” Funches said. “We fully support the police department and the work that they do. We do know there are — we talk about it all the time — that there are some bad apples. But lately, that flag has been used to really promote and support white supremacy.”

Liberal organizations like the Marshall Project, a nonprofit journalism organization that focuses on criminal justice, the Daily Gazette noted, have decried the Thin Blue Line flag because it has been flown by white supremacists — despite the fact that it has been used as a pro-police symbol for about a century. From the Marshall Project:

Those who fly the flag have said it stands for solidarity and professional pride within a dangerous, difficult profession and a solemn tribute to fallen police officers. But it has also been flown by white supremacists, appearing next to Confederate flags at the 2017 ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. County officials in Oregon recently paid $100,000 to a black employee of a law enforcement agency there, after she said she was harassed by coworkers for complaining about her colleagues displaying the flag at work.

Funches added to WJAR, “We do want to see better police relations with students. And we fully support that idea. We just think that if you’re going to put something up there, put the American flag.”

The TPD told WBZ that the mural was created with a diverse group of students and that it is working with the school and concerned citizens to find a solution.

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Chicago teacher says in-person schooling allows white people to kill black families: ‘If we do not speak up, nice white parents will get us killed’

A Chicago public school teacher says that in-person schooling amid the COVID-19 pandemic permits “nice white parents” to kill black families.

What are the details?

In an essay published Monday in the
Education Post, Chicago public school teacher Mike Friedberg said that the city is catering to white parents’ demands in reopening schools amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The essay, titled, “Are We Going to Let ‘Nice White Parents’ Kill Black and Brown Families?” explained how Friedberg feels that white people are comfortable sacrificing the lives of black and brown families in order to force a return to a normal way of life.

“A new COVID-19 strain is more contagious than ever,” he wrote. “The Trump administration’s sheer neglect in the face of this deadly pandemic is enraging. Federal inaction has cost lives, and we are far from getting back to a daily normal life. Schools are no exception to this situation. Given the plans to offer vaccines to teachers over the next several weeks, it does not make sense now to force children and staff back into the building.”

Friedberg added, “Students, parents, and teachers are fearing for their lives,” and pointed out that the city is “catering to the [white] minority of parents” who demand school reopening.

“As the reopening debate gets hotter,” he explained, “we are seeing a new breed of ‘nice white parents’ emerge. The parents who wished to open school buildings are disproportionately white. In meeting after meeting, I have witnessed black and Latinx parents voice concerns.”

Recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that “students and teachers may be able to safely return to in-person instruction, even in communities with widespread coronavirus infection” so long as safety practices — including masking, social distancing, and proper disinfection protocols — are put in place.

Friedberg argued, however, that many Chicago-area schools are not “adequately equipped to take all the necessary preventative and protective measures.”

“Here in Chicago, I have spoken with scores of teachers who do not have adequate HVAC systems in their buildings,” he explained. “Some teachers were given air purifiers that only cover 500 square feet, vastly smaller than most classrooms. … If we open schools in communities with higher positivity rates, especially when those schools are not adequately supplied with protective measures, the risk to staff, students, and families is much higher.”

He added, “I do not want to risk my students’ lives or my own.”

Making an argument for remote learning, Friedberg said that he and his colleagues have been “working harder than ever” in order to deliver students and their families “high-quality instruction.”

“Students can still learn remotely and have an engaging, rigorous curriculum,” he added. “As an instructor, this is what I’m doing for my students, including focusing on research-based student choice activities. As a parent, that is what I am witnessing for my own children.”

Friedberg pointed out that if people kowtow to the demands of white parents, then those voices will be placed above the demands of those from black and brown parents.

“Are we really at a point where not wanting our students to die, and not wanting to die ourselves, is a point of debate?” he asked. “This is completely absurd. We are putting the voices of white parents above black and brown parents, as well as teachers and all school staff, including disproportionately women of color.”

He concluded, “As a teacher, I fear for my own life and the lives of my students and their families. I can’t teach from the grave, nor can kids learn from there. If we do not speak up, nice white parents will get us killed.”

(H/T: The College Fix)

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CBS suspends president, senior VP who were accused of racist, sexist conduct in the workplace

CBS placed two of its executives on leave after they were accused of creating a hostile work environment including perpetrating racism and sexism.

CBS took the spotlight in 2018 following sexual harassment and abuse allegations against former chairman Les Moonves, who was quickly forced out of the company in disgrace.

What are the details?

According to a Tuesday report from the New York Times, CBS placed Peter Dunn and David Friend on administrative leave following the allegations.

Dunn is the president of CBS television stations, and Friend is the senior vice president of news for TV stations.

The Times reported that the suspension came after an emerging report that detailed accusations of the hostile environment, “including making disparaging remarks about female and black employees.”

In a statement on the suspension, the network said, “CBS is committed to a diverse, inclusive, and respectful workplace where all voices are heard, claims are investigated, and appropriate action is taken where necessary.”

A weekend report from the Los Angeles Times stated that several employees accused Dunn and Friend of “bullying female managers and blocking efforts to hire and retain black journalists.”

The outlet reported the Dunn declined to comment on the allegations against him.

Friend, however, insisted that the allegations couldn’t be farther from the truth.

“These comments I may have made about our employees or prospective hires were only based on performance or qualifications,” he told the Los Angeles Times in a statement. “Not about anyone’s race or gender.”

Friend added, “I believe that I — and our stations — have a strong track record of hiring, supporting, and placing women and BIPOC journalists in important roles as anchors, reporters, and news directors.”

The New York Times reported that the National Association of Black Journalists called for both Dunn’s and Friend’s firings immediately following the allegations.

Roland S. Martin, the organization’s vice president of digital, said, “We aren’t satisfied with lip service. We don’t want promises that things will change.”

“We are heartened by our discussion with [CBS CEO] George [Cheeks] and [company executive vice president and global head of inclusion] Marva [Smalls] that there will be real, substantial, and substantive changes to CBS to ensure that it is a welcoming place for black and other journalists of color to work, rise, and succeed,” Martin added.

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Black diversity vice chancellor rebukes white people for Capitol riot, demands they ‘fix’ their ‘freaking families’

Stephany Rose Spaulding, the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs vice chancellor for equity, diversity, and inclusion, said in an emotionally charged video that white people should fix their families.

Her remarks came in response to the U.S. Capitol riot that unfolded Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C., according to Campus Reform.

What are the details?

In a lengthy Facebook video, Spaulding — who is a pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Colorado Springs and a former U.S. congressional candidate — said that it was up to “white people” to fix their families, thus repairing democracy, which is “failing because of racism.”

“Black justice workers are not OK,” she began the video and later said that black justice workers will not be OK until “every doggone white person out here recognizes that this is the result of white supremacy, this is your fault, this is on your watch for sitting by silently.”

Spaulding also said that white people ought to put their money where their mouths are and to do the work of fixing their families so things like this don’t happen in the future.

“I don’t need a hug, I need you [white people] to fix your freaking families, I need you to fix yourselves, I need you to fix this!” she demanded and insisted that democracy is a failure in the United States because of racism.

Of the storming of the Capitol, Spaulding said, “You are seeing how white privilege plays out for the whole entire globe and this country right now.”

She also said that if it were black people who stormed the Capitol, the outcome would have developed through an entirely different playing field.

“We recognize that we would be dead right now in this moment,” she said, later adding that “this is [white people’s] fault for allowing whiteness to manifest in some BS like this.”

Spaulding also said that she believes there were “sympathizers even in the Capitol Police,” and “even in the National Guard that allowed this to happen.”

According to the outlet, Spaulding is the author of two published books, “Abolishing White Masculinity from Mark Twain to Hiphop: Crisis in Whiteness,” and “Recovering From Racism: A Guidebook to Beginning Conversations.”

Spaulding is also founder of an activist group called Truth and Conciliation, a movement dedicated to “dismantling systemic racism and all forms of oppression in order to build an inclusive, diverse, and equitable future for all our relations.”

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Bill Maher: Racism in America is not the huge problem that ‘radicals’ say it is. And Maher’s black guest agrees.

Bill Maher, as he typically does, brought up a hot-button issue on his “Real Time” program Friday night by asking if racism in America is really the huge problem that “radicals” have been saying it is.

What are the details?

“So, am I wrong to not want to see race all the time? Because that’s how I was brought up,” Maher said. “Like, that’s what a good liberal does, is you don’t see race. And now they switched it all around, and I’m bad because I don’t see it all the time. And Is ubiquity even effective? To make people aware of this issue at every turn?”

With that, guest Kmele Foster — a popular podcaster who happens to be black — chimed in with his observation that left-wing endeavors such as “diversity and inclusion training” and “talking often about racism and discrimination” actually “can make people presume that it exists in places that it does not.”

Foster then noted “you have to acknowledge that racism is a subjective allegation, right? I can presume intent on your behalf, whether or not it is actually there, and that’s a major defect — and I don’t want to be the object of your special concern, Bill, or anyone else’s. I’m an individual, and that’s what’s important.”

Maher was moved by Foster’s words and said — as if he was speaking to left-wing racism salespeople — that “I’m so sympathetic to the cause, but don’t gaslight me, you know?”

He added that “this is what I hear privately from my black friends: ‘I don’t want to be the focal point. I just want to blend in. I want to have a beer like you. Don’t look at me like I have to, like, make a speech about it, or that you have to make a speech about it.'”

Going deeper

Maher also asked, “Is the picture of America that’s presented by the radicals, I would say — Black Lives Matter, some of them, the anti-racists — of America 2021? Is it an accurate picture? Because sometimes I’m like, ‘Are they talking about 2021?'”

Foster told Maher, “I don’t think so,” and added that there’s a “great deal of hyperbole” within the constant hollering “in the streets” among left-wing protesters “who, quite frankly, do not have a serious grounding in these issues … they’ve got the bullhorns in their hands, and they don’t know the numbers. I’m really surprised when I see, sort of, the outrage in Portland over these issues. When I actually go back and look at the number of police-involved shootings or deaths in custody, for example … the numbers simply do not bear out this genocide against black America. It’s not a thing.”

What was the reaction?

As you might expect, leftists didn’t agree with Foster or Maher and blasted both of them on social media:

  • “Bill Maher must want to retire, I’ve been watching #RealTimewithBillMaher for a long time. I can’t tolerate this bulls**t,” one Twitter user said. “Kmele Foster sounds like a house slave, and this show with him grinning as Bill Maher talks like he knows every black perspective. I’m f***ing disgusted.”
  • “I feel like #billmaher found @kmele in the ‘I hate being black’ room on clubhouse,” another commenter wrote. “I don’t know it for a fact, I just know it’s true.”
  • “This ugly episode of ‘Real Time’ would have been significantly better if Bill Maher had one of the leaders from the BLM movement on the show to dispute some of the Klan propaganda spread by this duplicitous version of Uncle Ruckus,” another user declared. “Engaging in white grievance isn’t a good look.”

Anything else?

Foster later ripped a story that appeared in the Daily Beast about his appearance on “Real Time,” calling it “bulls**t, opportunist, garbage.” He added that the story’s author Marlow Stern “isn’t a journalist. He’s a professional tattletale. And even at this bold endeavor — he fails, utterly. A cad. A charlatan. A man who wouldn’t dream of asking anyone for comment/context. My intent and meaning, they aren’t so hard to discern.”

You can view video of the “Real Time” discussion between Maher and Foster in the Daily Beast’s story.

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Hollywood actor slammed for xenophobic tweet mocking Melania Trump’s accent

Actor Tim Matheson faced swift backlash after insulting Melanie Trump over her foreign accent that some deemed to be “xenophobic.” The 73-year-old Hollywood actor, who is best known for his role as Eric “Otter” Stratton in the movie “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” tried to tweet his way out of trouble for ridiculing the former first lady.

While delivering a compliment to first lady Jill Biden, Matheson took a shot at Melania, who grew up in Slovenia before leaving for Italy after she signed a contract with a modeling agency in Milan at age 18.

In the since-deleted tweet, Matheson wrote, “So wonderful to have a First Lady with class and heart. And, can speak English!”

Matheson attempted to smooth over the degrading affront against Melania by saying, “This morning I made a hasty and stupid joke about the former First Lady. It wasn’t funny, and it was in poor taste. It was regretful and humorless and I apologize.”

However, Twitter users pointed out that Matheson also deleted a previous tweet where he doubled-down on maligning Melania.

“Comedy is sometimes cruelly honest,” the thespian maintained. “The ex-First Lady doesn’t have any of my respect for anything. Sorry.”

Matheson, who played Vice President John Hoynes on the TV drama “The West Wing,” was shellacked with retribution from online commenters over his denigratory jab.

One Twitter user replied, “It’s because you’re an out of touch actor no surprise. Stay ignorant ya racist.”

Another person burst out, “You’re a xenophobe and bigot. Your comments open yourself and any company you work for to discrimination lawsuits. I hope your victims of workplace harassment and discrimination come forward.”

A son of immigrants schooled the actor, “Tim, my parents were doctors in Cuba who came to the US escaping Castro. After years of hard work they got their MD’s again and practiced for 30 years. Still, throughout their professional lives here there were always fools like you who mocked their accents.”

One critic added, “Yeah, showing your true colors. Love immigrants until they get here and become Americans and don’t think the way you think they should and then you loathe them.”

This isn’t the first time a liberal Hollywood actor attacked Melania over her accent. Bette Midler bashed the former first lady in August for Melania’s speech during the Republican National Convention.

#beBest is back! A UGE bore! She can speak several words in a few languages. Get that illegal alien off the stage!” Middler mocked Melania. “Oh, God. She still can’t speak English.”

Middler was also smashed with backlash for her xenophobia.

Middler then attempted to justify the hateful remarks by saying, “Just giving them a taste of their own immigrant bashing medicine.”

Following even more outrage, Middler finally bent the knee and mustered up an apology.

“Well, all hell has broken loose because I said Melania ‘still can’t speak English’ last night,” she tweeted. “I was wrong to make fun of her accent. America is made up people who speak with all kinds of accents, and they are all welcomed always.”

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Top climate aides for Biden administration blame ‘systemic racism’ for climate change

A pair of top aides who will advise President-elect Joe Biden on issues related to the climate and environment reportedly believe that “systemic racism” has helped drive climate change, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

What are the details?

The incoming Biden administration has named Maggie Thomas as Office of Domestic Climate Policy chief of staff and Cecilia Martinez as “senior director for environmental justice,” Axios reported. Both women are progressive climate advocates.

For example, Martinez declared in 2019 that “systemic racism” exacerbates climate change.

“Unless intentionally interrupted, systemic racism will continue to be a major obstacle to creating a healthy planet. The only path forward is to design national climate policies that are centered on justice,” Martinez said.

According to Axios, the new staffers are part of the newly established White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy, which will help Biden with an “aggressive, government-wide approach” to climate issues.

While Biden has promised moderate approaches to most policies to generate broad support for his administration, it appears that his climate agenda may be skewed further to the left compared to other domestic policies. That’s because both Thomas and Martinez believe the solution to climate change involves government spending and welfare dependency.

In fact, the Free Beacon noted that both support climate agendas that “in many ways mirror the Green New Deal”:

For Thomas and Martinez, such policies require “massive” government spending and the “realignment of public dollars at all levels.” Thomas’s climate plan demands “trillions” in public investment—not only to “crack down” on oil production and shift away from the nation’s “fossil fuel economy” but also to fund welfare programs, including rent and utility relief. Martinez’s platform calls for much of the same, including increased government investment into “affordable and quality housing.”

Does Biden support the Green New Deal?

Biden has not outright endorsed the Green New Deal, an uber-progressive bill introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) in 2019 that boasts an eye-popping price tag of nearly $100 trillion.

However, on his campaign website, Biden said the Green New Deal “is a crucial framework for meeting the climate challenges we face. It powerfully captures two basic truths, which are at the core of his plan: (1) the United States urgently needs to embrace greater ambition on an epic scale to meet the scope of this challenge, and (2) our environment and our economy are completely and totally connected.”

Still, Biden’s climate plan will cost trillions of dollars, according to his website. The spending is necessary, Biden says, to set “us on an irreversible course to meet the ambitious climate progress that science demands.”

Of course, Biden also plans to rejoin the Paris climate agreement — from which President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. in 2017 — on Wednesday, his first day as president.

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California city takes immediate action after ‘racist’ banner declaring ‘White Lives Matter’ found in park

Officials in a northern California promptly removed a “White Lives Matter” that was posted on city property over the weekend, declaring the sign a “despicable act of vandalism.”

What happened?

According to KPIX-TV, police in Union City — a town not far from Oakland — took down the banner early Saturday morning. Law enforcement conducted an investigation into the banner, but concluded that no crime had been committed.

The crux of the issue, according to Union City Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci, is that whoever erected the banner did not have the proper permit to place it on city-owned property.

In a statement, the city said it was “disgusted” by the “racist” sign.

“The city is disgusted by this despicable act of vandalism that has occurred on the heels of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week and on the weekend of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday that celebrates the life and achievements of this important civil rights leader,” the city said, KTVU-TV reported.

City leaders also said they will “remain on heightened alert to make sure racist incidences like this do not happen again in our community.”

Saying ‘White Lives Matter’ is racist?

According to the Anti-Defamation League, the phrase “White Lives Matter” is a racist dog whistle, but “Black Lives Matter” is not.

“White Lives Matter” is a white supremacist phrase that originated in early 2015 as a racist response to the Black Lives Matter movement, which arose to protest against police brutality against African-Americans and garnered considerable publicity in 2014 for protests in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death of Michael Brown at the hands of a Ferguson police officer.

Since 2015, white supremacists in several states, especially members of the Texas-based white supremacist group Aryan Renaissance Society, have promoted the slogan “White Lives Matter” with flyers and protests, forming a loose campaign to popularize the phrase. By 2016 other white supremacist groups, including Ku Klux Klan groups, were also using the slogan, and it soon became a staple among white supremacist mantras, continuing even after the original campaigners ceased their activities.

Indeed, an NAACP official near Union City, Freddye Davis, told KPIX that whoever erected the “White Lives Matter” banner does not understand the phrase “Black Lives Matter.”

“It does not mean that other lives [don’t] matter because they do. But if you look at history, the Black lives are the ones that have gotten the worse end of the stick,” Davis said.

Meanwhile, cities nationwide painted “Black Lives Matter” murals last summer following the tragic death of George Floyd.

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Ocasio-Cortez demands taxpayer dollars to ‘deradicalize’ white supremacists: ‘Their world will never exist’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) says that taxpayer funds should be used to “deradicalize” white supremacists.

What did AOC say?

Speaking with supporters during a virtual town hall Friday night, Ocasio-Cortez blamed recent violence — including the deadly riots at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 — on white supremacy.

“The white supremacist cause is futile, it’s nihilist — it will never be realized,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “The path forward for all of us is a multiracial democracy that fights for the economic and civil rights of every American.”

She added of white supremacists, “Their world will never exist. That’s why we’re seeing violence right now.”

Ocasio-Cortez was speaking in response to a question about how Americans should respond to those who believe in conspiracy theories, but were not part of the violence at the Capitol. Ocasio-Cortez warned that “this is a problem that doesn’t go away on Jan. 20,” and said it will require “many, many, many millions of hands” to help “pick up the pieces.”

Ocasio-Cortez explained that, during her time on the House Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, she has learned about programs that “deradicalize” white supremacists. Ocasio-Cortez blamed President Donald Trump for “pulling the plug” on funding for such programs.

But if America wants to adequately address the problem of white supremacy, Ocasio-Cortez said taxpayer funding for “deradicalization” programs should be significantly increased.

“We need to double, triple or quadruple, or increase funding for these deradicalization programs en masse,” Ocasio-Cortez said.


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What’s the background?

Just last week, Ocasio-Cortez suggested that all of Trump’s supporters, and perhaps the entire Republican Party, is guilty of white supremacy.

“I don’t want to hear or see the Republican Party talk about blue lives ever again. This was never about safety for them, it was always a slogan because if they actually cared about rule of law they would speak up when people break the law,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “They would speak up. They would enforce fairness and equity, but they don’t give a damn about the law. They don’t give a damn about order. They don’t give a damn about safety.”

“They give a damn about white supremacy, they care about preserving the social order and the mythology of whiteness,” she added. “They lust for power more than they care about democracy.”

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Report: California elementary school instructs third-graders to rank themselves based on their ‘power and privilege’

A California elementary school is pushing critical race theory on third-grade students, according to a new report. A teacher at an elementary school in Cupertino allegedly instructed third-graders to rank themselves based on their “power and privilege” during a math lesson.

A third-grade teacher at the R.I. Meyerholz Elementary School “told the eight- and nine-year-old students that they live in a ‘dominant culture’ of ‘white, middle class, cisgender, educated, able-bodied, Christian[s]’ who ‘created and maintained’ this culture in order ‘to hold power and stay in power,'” according to Christopher F. Rufo, contributing editor of City Journal. The students live in a city where 67% of the population is Asian-American and the median household income is $171,917.

Based on reported whistleblower documents and testimonials from parents “familiar with the session,” the teacher read from “This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work,” which is rated appropriate for children ages 11+, according to Common Sense Media.

A summary of the book from the Olathe Public Library states:

This book is written for the young person who doesn’t know how to speak up to the racist adults in their life. For the 14 year old who sees injustice at school and isn’t able to understand the role racism plays in separating them from their friends. For the kid who spends years trying to fit into the dominant culture and loses themselves for a little while. It’s for all of the Black and Brown children who have been harmed (physically and emotionally) because no one stood up for them or they couldn’t stand up for themselves; because the colour of their skin, the texture of their hair, their names made white folx feel scared and threatened. It is written so children and young adults will feel empowered to stand up to the adults who continue to close doors in their faces. This book will give them the language and ability to understand racism and a drive to undo it. In short, it is for everyone.

Rufo wrote in the City Journal, “Students learned that ‘those with privilege have power over others’ and that ‘folx who do not benefit from their social identities, who are in the subordinate culture, have little to no privilege and power.'”

“As an example, the reading states that ‘a white, cisgender man, who is able-bodied, heterosexual, considered handsome and speaks English has more privilege than a Black transgender woman,” the report stated.

The R.I. Meyerholz Elementary School teacher allegedly pushed the “principle of intersectionality” on the young children and claimed that those who don’t hold power are oppressed.

The educator purportedly commanded the students to create an “identity map,” where the children listed their “race, class, gender, religion, family structure, and other characteristics.” The teacher then instructed the third-graders to “circle the identities that hold power and privilege” on their identity maps, according to the report. Then the students were allegedly told to rank their “traits according to the hierarchy.”

Rufo said he spoke to some of the parents of children who were being taught critical race theory. A parent who grew up in China compared critical race theory to the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

“[It divides society between] the oppressor and the oppressed, and since these identities are inborn characteristics people cannot change, the only way to change it is via violent revolution,” the parent said. “Growing up in China, I had learned it many times. The outcome is the family will be ripped apart; husband hates wife, children hate parents. I think it is already happening here.”

“We were shocked,” one anonymous parent told Rufo.

“They were basically teaching racism to my eight-year-old,” said an Asian-American parent, who reportedly “rallied a group of a half-dozen families to protest the school’s intersectionality curriculum.”

The parents who were against the “woke” lesson plans reportedly met with the school’s administration. “The administration agreed to suspend the program,” the report stated. “When reached for comment, Jenn Lashier, the principal of Meyerholz Elementary, said that the training was not part of the ‘formal curricula, but the process of daily learning facilitated by a certified teacher.'”

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Nancy Pelosi says ‘whiteness’ to blame for US Capitol riots: ‘That’s what this is about’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) claimed over the weekend that rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol last week were driven to engage in the deadly violence by their “whiteness.”

What did Pelosi say?

During an online video conference with her San Francisco constituents, Pelosi invoked the coronavirus pandemic and the Christian feast of “Epiphany” to make a point about the role of race in the attack on the Capitol.

“When that assault was taking place on the Capitol, 3,865 people in our country died of the coronavirus, many of them people of color because of the injustice of it all,” Pelosi began, the Hill reported.

She continued, “The next day, on Thursday, 4,000 people died of the coronavirus. Why? Because decisions were made at the highest level, months before in the Oval Office, of denial, distortion, delay, calling it a ‘hoax.'”

That’s when Pelosi shifted to invoking “Epiphany.”

“I thought it was going to be an epiphany for those who were in opposition of our democracy to see the light,” Pelosi said. “Instead, it was an epiphany for the world to see that there are people in our country, led by this President, for the moment, who have chosen their whiteness over democracy. That’s what this is about.”

What role has race played?

In the aftermath of the deadly violence at the Capitol, partisan reaction has claimed there was a double standard of perspective toward the riots.

Left-leaning activists have claimed law enforcement is much tougher when crowds of Black Lives Matter demonstrators gather, while right-leaning activists say the response to the march on the Capitol has been much tougher than any response to Black Lives Matter riots.

Even President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have engaged in such rhetoric.

“You can’t tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesters yesterday they wouldn’t have been treated very differently than the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol,” Biden said last week. “We all know that is true. And it is totally unacceptable. Totally unacceptable. The American people saw it in plain view.”

Meanwhile, Harris claimed the response to the rioters exemplified that there are “two systems of justice” in America.

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Ilhan Omar calls fatal police shooting of black man ‘state sanctioned murder.’ But police say he fired first.

Justice advocates are once again fighting for answers after Minneapolis police fatally shot 23-year-old Dolal Idd on Wednesday. According to ABC News, Idd was killed in the same neighborhood where George Floyd was murdered by police officers in May. Idd’s untimely death is also the first to come at the hands of Minneapolis police officers since Floyd.

In response, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who represents most of Minneapolis, called Idd’s death “state sanctioned murder.”

“A man was killed, his family terrorized & robbed of a son and all they are left w/ is more questions than answers,” Omar tweeted. “Let’s stop normalizing + justifying state sanctioned murder by those who take an oath to uphold the law.”

What does the body cam footage show?

According to law enforcement, who have since released brief footage from one of the officers involved in the fatal shooting, police officers only shot and killed Idd after he fired on officers first.

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said that officers on the scene, nearby witnesses, and the released body cam footage confirm that Idd shot first.

“When I viewed the video that everyone else is viewing… it appears that the individual inside the vehicle fired his weapon at the vehicle first,” Arradondo said, according to ABC News.

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Body Camera Footage Of Dolal Idd’s Death Released

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According to WCCO-TV, police said they were attempting to stop Idd because he was a suspect in a felony gun investigation. ABC News reported that officials said a weapon was recovered at the scene.

Still, Idd’s family is demanding answers.

Bayle Gelle, Idd’s father, accused police of acting discriminately.

“We need justice, we need justice. They don’t want to give us any answers,” Gelle told WCCO. “He was just sitting in the car, and bullets were shot at him, and no reason. Why are we here? Because why were they shooting? Because of color. He is a black man. We want to know why my sweet son gets shot and killed.”

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is leading the investigation into the incident.

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Teen sat on video of popular classmate saying N-word, waited to release it to ruin her college career

In a shocking story published by the New York Times on Saturday, a biracial teenager admitted he has no regrets for holding on to an old video of a high school classmate using a racial slur, only to make it public when it would cause her the most damage.

What are the details?

Last year, Jimmy Galligan, 18, was sent a video of Heritage High School classmate Mimi Groves, who is white and was the captain of the varsity cheerleading team, repeating the N-word while singing along to a rap song. The video was three years old, taken when Groves was just a freshman.

Galligan said he never saw the video prior to receiving it, but he immediately devised a plan to make Groves pay for her transgression. “I wanted to get her where she would understand the severity of that word,” he told the newspaper.

And so that’s exactly what Galligan did.

After George Floyd’s murder in May, Groves, who had just made the cheerleading team at the University of Tennessee, urged her friends on Instagram to support the Black Lives Matter movement.

Galligan then seized the moment, exploiting the racial unrest caused by Floyd’s murder to make Groves pay. On the same afternoon that Groves posted in support of Black Lives Matter, Galligan posted the video of Groves using the N-word on social media, triggering a social media firestorm.

As the Times reported, the backlash against Groves was swift:

Once the video went viral, the backlash was swift, and relentless. A photograph of Ms. Groves, captioned with a racial slur, also began circulating online, but she and her parents say someone else wrote it to further tarnish her reputation. On social media, people tagged the University of Tennessee and its cheer team, demanding her admission be rescinded. Some threatened her with physical violence if she came to the university campus. The next day, local media outlets in Virginia and Tennessee published articles about the uproar.

The day after the video went viral, Ms. Groves tried to defend herself in tense calls with the university. But the athletics department swiftly removed Ms. Groves from the cheer team. And then came the call in which admissions officials began trying to persuade her to withdraw, saying they feared she would not feel comfortable on campus.

Groves, who, the Times emphasized, comes from an affluent family, has since enrolled at a local community college.

What did Galligan say about the controversy?

The young man told the Times he has no remorse for making Groves pay for her mistake. The Times positively reported Galligan’s premeditated actions as holding Groves “accountable.”

“If I never posted that video, nothing would have ever happened,” Galligan said. “I’m going to remind myself, you started something. You taught someone a lesson.”

Anything else?

Not all of Groves’ classmates held the same vindictive attitude as Galligan.

When the social media firestorm against Groves erupted over the summer, one of Groves’ friends, who is black, publicly defended her. Groves reportedly apologized to her friend for using the racial slur long before Groves was embroiled in controversy.

“We’re supposed to educate people, not ruin their lives all because you want to feel a sense of empowerment,” the friend said on social media.

Sadly, the friend then became the target of outrage and criticism, according to the Times.

What was the reaction?

After the Times published its story, Galligan was ridiculed online for his vindictive behavior. One person called him “psychopathic,” while others described his actions as “malice posing as social justice.”

But perhaps conservative writer Rod Dreher said it best, noting how Galligan’s actions will likely backfire on him in the future.

“This Times story will follow Jimmy Galligan everywhere too. If that kid applied for a job at my firm, I would never hire him. If he were my co-worker, I would stay away from him, lest I offend him and get the Little- Anthony-from-The-Twilight-Zone treatment. He has shown the kind of person he is: a hateful progressive who takes pleasure in causing others unnecessary pain and suffering for the sake of virtue. He wants to terrorize others. Everybody who goes to college with him now, and who crosses his path, should consider themselves forewarned,” Dreher wrote.

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Apparently, wishing someone ‘Merry Christmas’ is now ‘white supremacy culture at work’

In our culture of progressivism and political correctness, nothing is safe.

Now, apparently, even wishing someone a “Merry Christmas” is “white supremacy culture at work.” At least, that’s according to Jen Bokoff, a Chicago woman who made the astonishing claim on Christmas Day.

“This is your annual reminder that not everyone celebrates Christmas! The default to ‘Merry Christmas’ as a normal greeting is also white supremacy culture at work. If someone celebrates, then by all means. But so many people don’t,” Bokoff tweeted.

Bokoff’s claim is dripping with irony. That’s because Christmas is one of Christianity’s two major holiday seasons (the other being Easter, of course). And Christianity is, in fact, the largest global multiethnic religion, which means Christmas was celebrated on every continent and nearly every country on Friday.

Bokoff’s message generated a tsunami of backlash, resulting in Bokoff “locking” her Twitter account.

One person responded, “My best friend’s Muslim family, our black neighbors, my Jewish college roommate – ALL celebrate Christmas and no one gets pissed when they say ‘Merry Christmas.'”

Another person said, “Who wants to tell her that hundreds of millions of Christians who celebrate Christmas worldwide are something other than white?”

One person pointed out, “This isn’t a racist white thing. Jesus was Middle Eastern. This is a, ‘I follow Christ thing’ Bless her heart.”

Another person said, “I was walking on the sidewalk today a Muslim lady was going the other direction, she said Merry Christmas to me. I was thrilled. I wished her Merry Christmas, we both smiled and kept walking. It was a great moment for me. The real person should give it a try and get real.”

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Study: Stress from racism is causing Black Americans to die younger

Black Americans are more likely to suffer from elevated stress and depression due to racism, which in turn, causes them to age faster and die younger than other racial or ethnic groups, according to a study conducted by a University of Georgia research team.

This week on “Pseudo-Intellectual,” BlazeTV host Lauren Chen discussed an article about the study’s findings written by research team member Sierra Carter for The Guardian.

“I’m part of a research team that has been following more than 800 Black American families for almost 25 years,” Carter wrote. “We found that people who had reported experiencing high levels of racial discrimination when they were young teenagers had significantly higher levels of depression in their 20s than those who hadn’t. This elevated depression, in turn, showed up in their blood samples, which revealed accelerated aging on a cellular level.”

Lauren argued that, while she believes racism does exist in America as well as other countries, the current anti-racist ideology does little to actually combat racism or promote equality.

“As someone who is half white and half Chinese, I would hate to think that someone would assume to know anything about me or judge me based solely on by racial background. There’s so much more to me. I’d much rather be judged by my character, my merit, my skills, my personal history and all that stuff, so that’s the approach I try to take with other people,” Lauren said.

“The problem with anti-racism activism nowadays, is that it’s not just about trying to combat racism, or trying to promote equality and colorblindness,” she opined. “It’s about needing people to acknowledge that white people are privileged, and perhaps innately racist, and that society is built to oppress non-white people.”

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